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#NFLRank 25-1: J.J. Watt tops list of NFL's best players -- again

Our panel of 50-plus NFL experts picks the greatest 100 players in the NFL headed into the 2016 season. The top spot goes to Texans DE J.J. Watt, but there are a few surprises among the rest.

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Sanchez continues tearing it up with another homer (0:27)
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His & Hers rips Harden's new shoes (1:40)
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4hVaughn McClure

Devin Hester to teams: Call my agent now

Devin Hester, released by the Falcons in July, posted a video on social media to show potential suitors that he's ready for one more season.

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Finebaum critical of Harbaugh after Solomon decommits (1:38)
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High schooler jukes teammate out of his shorts (0:25)
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Why does Boeheim think Carmelo is unlikely to win NBA title? (1:34)
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When was the day the Lakers fell apart? (2:08)
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5hMichael Collins

Who are the best caddies in golf?

We asked today's caddies for some of golf's top players that question and got some interesting and entertaining responses. Michael Collins ranks the cream of the crop.

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4hBob Pockrass

Dale Jr. to miss at least two additional races

Alex Bowman will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and Jeff Gordon will replace him Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway.

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4hBrett Okamoto

Five Rounds: Who should McGregor fight next?

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis joins Brett Okamoto to discuss a possible Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz trilogy, Jose Aldo, UFC Fight Night and more.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Marlins acquiring Jeff Francoeur, it's worth noting this about the Mets: Team officials are not expecting to make any acquisitions the remainder of this month. They did put in a claim on a reliever earlier this month, but did not win the claim. You may recall the Mets acquired Addison Reed in August 2015.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Yu Darvish joined a cool group tonight: Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain. ... The 5 pitchers to HR vs Reds this year!

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Sellout crowd of 39,100 in DC to watch Nats/Orioles. That's about 50% more than there were at Camden Yards on Tuesday. The eye test (way more orange tonight than red yesterday) says that O's fans take this geographic rivalry way more seriously than Nats fans.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trea Turner just tallied his 8th straight hit, tying a Nationals record. Not bad for a rookie.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

There's some interesting nuance to Stanford's QB situation. David Shaw named Ryan Burns the starter, but he also said that Keller Chryst will get playing time against Kansas State. This differs from the Cardinal's last QB transition in 2012. That year, Shaw tapped Josh Nunes as the exclusive guy at the start of the season. Eventual starter Kevin Hogan did not begin seeing playing time until later in the year.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Ángel Pagán's bat and glove are emblazoned with the nickname given to him by his teammates in 2012, "Pag-Man", in honor of his favorite boxer, Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.

Herbie: McCaffrey is ultimate game-changer
NCAAF 

Kirk Herbstreit breaks down why Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is his pick for the ultimate game-changer award heading into 2016. The Herbie Awards are live on ESPN2

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in the second inning with a cramp in the right calf, the Mets announced. He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza.

Yu Darvish cracks first MLB home run

Darvish went deep to straightaway center in the top of the fifth, his first MLB homer in just 15 plate appearances. The Rangers starter has his squad leading the Reds 5-3 after 5. Follow live

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game in the top of the second inning with the escort of a trainer. Bruce had legged out a double and was removed for a pinch runner later in the frame. The Mets did not immediately announce the nature of the injury.

Little leaguer homers over multiple fences
Little League World Series 

Esmith Pineda cleared a couple fences with his 3-run home run, which helped Panama earn a spot in the LLWS international title game.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Teixeira wasn't surprised the Mariners intentionally walked Gary Sanchez twice to get to him. Teixeira pointed out he is hitting .197 and that Sanchez is hitting everything a mile. "Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him you intentionally walk him," Teixeira said. "I mean he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don't see guys doing what he is doing. I don't care how old he is."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discuss catching the Cubs rotation as well as hitting an opposite field home run against the Padres in the Cubs 6-3 win on Wednesday.

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Machado sparks Orioles early

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second, as the Orioles have raced out to an early 5-1 lead over the Nationals. Follow live

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Here, Bryce, hold these
MLB 

Olympic swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch before Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game. But before that, she had reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper hold all the medals she won in Rio.

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Gary Sanchez continues red-hot start
MLB 

The Yankees' rookie catcher hit his ninth homer in his 21st career game in the first inning of the team's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

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Gary Sanchez homers again
MLB 

The Yankees rookie hit his ninth home run on Wednesday against the Mariners. That moves him up the list of homers hit by big league newcomers.

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MLB 

Is there too much pressure on Rousey?

With Ronda Rousey not slated to fight at UFC 205, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman examine the pressure Ronda Rousey is facing to return.

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NFL players turn to deep freeze recovery
NFL 

Michael Rothstein examines the increased use of cryospas and cryosaunas in the NFL as the technology becomes more popular.

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Chargers coach in unique situation with Bosa
NFL 

Herm Edwards explains the situation a coach is in when acting as a bridge between the organization and the player who is holding out.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard, still close with Joey Bosa, said it's been tough on his friend not to be on the field with the Chargers. "I know he's heartbroken," Hubbard said. "He's a football player, and he wants to play football."

Santana's gaffe lets two runs score
MLB 

Carlos Santana can't seem to get a good read on Danny Valencia's second inning pop-up, leading to two runs in the A's 5-1 win over the Indians.

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Zobrist kick-starts Cubs with two-run triple
MLB 

Ben Zobrist's two-run triple got the Chicago Cubs started early against the San Diego Padres and they never looked back in a 6-3 win.

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Already ruled out of Thursday's game against Seattle because of a concussion Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant did not make the trip with the team to the West Coast. Instead Bryant will be able to rest and recover at home. On Tuesday coach Jason Garrett said Bryant was doing much better a day after suffering a concussion in Monday's practice. The Cowboys' next practice is scheduled for Saturday.